20.35 Africa

An Anthology og Contemporary Poetry

Gbenga Adesina & Safia Elhillo


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2018
  • English


The poems we have curated in this anthology are electric, unruly, charged with desire and melancholies. They are intensely private yet quite magically find a way to be communal. There is a borderlessnes to the poems, not just of geographies and identities but also of sensibility, syntax, style, subversion of the white space and awakening of previously submerged subjectivities.


... this anthology boldly marks a before and after moment in the African literary tradition... - Mukoma Wa Ngugi


Gbenga Adesina is a poet and essayist. He jointly won the 2016 Brunel African Poetry Prize. His poem, “How To Paint A Girl,” was featured in The New York Times and was a finalist for the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry.

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). She is a co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award